By Leslie Meier
The full city of Tinker's Cove is asking ahead to the social gathering marking former librarian Julia Ward Howe Tilley's 90th birthday. Lucy Stone, pass over Tilley's closest buddy, dreamed up the occasion idea--at in regards to the similar time she determined she's now not ageing with out a struggle. Noticing crow's ft and a possible jelly abdominal, she's resolved to workout extra and buy a few heavy-duty wrinkle cream, asap!
That seems like a plan--until Lucy realizes her daughter's fourteenth birthday bash, a coed sleepover, may perhaps flip her hair white in a single day. What was once she considering while she agreed to allow Sara have the occasion? evidently she wasn't puzzling over the hormonal rampages of younger adolescents. On her brain, in its place, used to be the stunning demise of Sherman Cobb, the town's oldest legal professional, an obvious suicide. His legislations associate, besides the fact that, thinks Sherman used to be murdered.
Poking approximately in Sherman's papers, Lucy turns up an fascinating tie among the lifeless guy and pass over Tilley. in the meantime leave out Tilley's personal earlier has come again to hang-out her within the kind of a mysterious niece named Shirley and a biker nice nephew named Snake. quickly nobody can get to determine the aged librarian as the brash, bossy Shirley says she's "failing." Is pass over Tilley in grave probability? Will Sara's get together become a scandal? Now, as a killer's ruthless plan rushes towards a end, Lucy wishes solutions fast--or else she and omit Tilley will not dwell lengthy adequate to make a want and blow out the candles in this year's birthday cake. . .
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Delaporte, I can assure you I’m fully qualified. ” He shook his head. ” He fell silent and Lucy’s attention drifted to the diplomas on the wall, the Currier & Ives prints, the Waverly plaid curtains. “Thank you for calling, Mrs. Delaporte. Have a nice day, now. ” Bob replaced the receiver and turned his attention to Lucy. ” His face went pale and he looked down at his blotter, chewing on his lip. “Not anymore,” he whispered. Then, adopting a brisk manner, he stood up. ” “Sure. ” “Well, usually there’s crime scene tape and it’s sealed off until the police have gathered all the evidence .
Bob’s expecting you. ” “I’m awfully sorry for your loss,” said Lucy. ” “Sherman was more than my boss,” said Anne, reaching for a tissue. “I worked for him for almost thirty years, you know. ” Anne buried her face in the tissue, relieving Lucy of the need to reply. She always wished she could get past the platitudes when faced with grief, but she could never think of anything comforting to say that didn’t sound false and hollow. Sometimes she thought there was no real comfort to be offered; the pain just had to wear itself out.
You’re going to love this,” she continued, gazing off into the distance. “Why don’t we have a birthday party for Miss Tilley? A really big party, you know, invite the whole town. Have the high school band and the chorus. She could arrive on a fire engine. ” “We could do a ‘This Is Your Life’ show,” suggested Lucy. ” “I don’t know if she’d go for something like that,” cautioned Rachel. “She’s pretty reclusive; she likes her routine. She wouldn’t want to miss her shrimp wiggle. ” Sue waved away that objection.